Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Region, wishes to inform the public that a large portion of shellfish harvesting areas on the coasts of eastern New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are closed due to heavy rainfall amounts which accompanied hurricane Dorian over the weekend.
These closures are in effect for a minimum period of 7 days and are in addition to closures already in place.
New closures in effect in the Gulf region:
Closures in New Brunswick:
· All waters within 3 km of the coast including all islands in the northeast and east of the province of New Brunswick from a point near Maisonnette to the Nova Scotia border. (see attached map)
Closures in Nova Scotia:
· All waters within 3 km of the coast including all islands in Northumberland Strait in portions of Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou Counties, Nova Scotia, from Lewis Head near the mouth of the Philip River to Cape John. (see attached map)
Closures in Prince Edward Island:
· All waters within 3 km of the coast including all islands in Prince County in the province of Prince Edward Island. (see attached map)
· All waters within 3 km of the coast including all islands in Northumberland Strait in a portion of Queens County in the province of Prince Edward Island from the Prince County border at Wrights Point near Victoria to Duchess Point in Charlottetown. (see attached map)
These closures are established to protect fishers and the public.
Eating contaminated shellfish can lead to serious illness or even death.
Cooking shellfish does not destroy the toxins that may be present in a closed area.
For more information on the dangers of collecting contaminated shellfish, please visit: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/shellfish-mollusques/ihs-rim-eng.htm
Tests will be conducted to determine when these areas can be reopened to fishing. For information on real-time opening and closures in shellfish fishing areas in your area, you can subscribe to our interactive map: https://inter-w01.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Geocortex/Essentials/Viewer/Index.html?viewer=CSSP_Public_En_Site